Checking a Vehicle
Once you've found a car you like, it's important you spend some time checking it over. Make sure you know what to check and where you can get further information.
If you're buying a vehicle there's a risk it could have a hidden past. Find out how to avoid buying a stolen or illegal car.
The onus is on buyers to ensure their next vehicle isn't a stolen one. Even if a vehicle is bought in good faith, An Garda Síochána can seize it and if it has been bought on finance, the lender can still demand payment.
Stolen vehicles are usually passed on with their identity changed, but there are some golden rules to help reduce the risk of buying a 'hot' vehicle.
A clocked vehicle is one where an unscrupulous seller has 'wound back' the mileage recorded on the milometer. That means vehicles with high mileage could be passed-off as having a low mileage to an unwitting buyer. But spotting a clocked vehicle can be straightforward with little more than a bit of detective work.